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Petzl Swift RL Headlamp


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The Petzl Swift RL headlamp is for folks who prefer the swift methods of mountain travel and who need a light and ultra-bright lamp that stays lit for hours. Beaming out a cool 900 lumens, the Swift is bright enough to function as a spare headlight for your car, but unlike your car, the Swift doesn't weigh 1800 lbs. In fact, the Swift is the brightest and lightest and most fully-featured headlamp in Petzl's lineup. This lightweight lamp features Petzl's super-efficient REACTIVE LIGHTING technology, which senses the ambient light levels and adjusts its own output to fit the conditions. This technology ensures a longer burn time and will (hopefully) prevent you from blinding yourself or your partner at the transition or belay. If these aren't enough features for you, Petzl opted for a two-part strap that will keep things steady when you're dodging trees on the ski out, and did we mention that the Swift is micro-USB rechargeable? Upgrade your vision and join the future with the Petzl Swift RL headlamp.

  • With IPX4 weather resistance, you can confidently use the Swift in any weather (just don't drop it in a stream).
  • A reflective two-part headlamp keeps things stable no matter how fast you're moving.
  • The Swift can be switched between flood or mixed beam patterns on the fly.
  • A single easy-to-use button controls all functions of this headlamp.
  • Both REACTIVE and standard lighting types available.
  • Recharges via the micro-USB port in 6 hours.
  • Max light output of 900 lumens.
Charging Time 6 Hours
Lumens 900 LM max
300 LM standard
100 LM minimun
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Battery Life In Reactive mode
2-30 hrs max
5-40 hrs standard
10-50 hrs min
Waterproof Rating IPX4 Water Resistant
Specs Verified Yes
Skimo Co Says
Usage Night Racing, Dawn Patrol, Long Traverses
Notes Reactive mode can be turned off
Bottom Line Super bright light in small compact package
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Questions & Reviews

Benski (used product regularly)
Love this headlamp. Bright, lightweight, and adaptive all in one package, while still maintaining decent battery life.
I use it regularly to train at night and in the early mornings and it’s fine trail running and skiing. Given the weight, it’s a bit overkill for fast urban running, but also kinda nice to have the extra brightness on some urban paths.
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Anthony O (used product regularly)
Love this little guy. I use the gloworm when I want to do high speed night skiing or bike riding, but I use this petzl light more regularly as a daily headlamp and love the brightness to size/ease of use ratio. This is as bright as most users need, is well made and super easy to charge and use. Unless you are doing dedicated high speed night skiing then you don't need anything else. This is bright enough to ski fast and not having to carry an external battery like a gloworm make it a no brainer.
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Beth (downright abused product)
I love this headlamp too. When at its brightest setting, it's totally bright enough for nighttime touring and racing. I conserve a bit of battery by going to a dimmer setting on the uphill. I did snag a backup battery to keep a charged one in my pack if I do plan on needing light for several hours or more. I love that it's USB rechargeable ... I'm not wasting so many batteries.
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Travis (used product a few times)
So I love this lamp. I use it running (often in the rain) and touring after hours. It’s crazy bright, very adaptable to my need for powerful, but very lightweight, headlamp. Side comment, I’ve started to see the virtue of rechargeable headlamps as every time I head out I have max power, in like disposable battery headlamps that have a deplorable power depreciation curve. Recently bought a second battery for longer adventures where a backup would be helpful. Note it doesn’t have a red light and that you can easily turn off the reactive element to have a steady stream of light—very helpful when skiing while others are touring up.
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